Climate, environment, and the colonial experience

Damodaran, Vinita (2020) Climate, environment, and the colonial experience. In: Mayhew, Robert J and Withers, Charlie W J (eds.) Geographies of knowledge: science, scale, and spatiality in the nineteenth century. Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context . John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, pp. 215-234. ISBN 9781421438542

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British intellectual engagement with the environments of empire involved understanding the colonies as spaces of climatic concern, unfettered opportunity, moral danger, dangerous disease, natural plenitude, and environmental experimentation. South Asia, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand each became giant open-air colonial laboratories, natural archives even, for scientists attempting to understand, investigate, and govern a world of new peoples, species, environments and diseases. On the one hand, encountering and documenting the facts of environmental change, indigenous knowledge systems and practices of natural resource use laid the groundwork for much that is modern in environmental thinking, especially in the tropics.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: climate, environment, colonies
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for World Environmental History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS331 Southern Asia. Indian Ocean Region
Depositing User: Vinita Damodaran
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 14:58
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2020 14:33

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